Getting ready to start school or even going back to school can stir up all kinds of emotions in children. Reading books with your kids about beginning school, making friends, and being separated from loved ones is a wonderful opportunity to talk about their feelings. There are so many books out there that cover these topics but here are a few of our favorites. From funny, and even ridiculous to quite serious these books are wonderful resources to get your child's year off to a great start!
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney...The Llama llama books are some of my favorites! This adorable rhyming story discusses how young children might feel on the first few days of school.
Foxy by Emma Dodd...Dog's Colorful Day is a favorite of ours by Dodd so I was excited to read this cute story about starting school. A magical fox grants some wishes and helps little Emily get ready for her first day of school.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate...This book is cute as it shows both sides of getting ready for school; the teacher hurrying to get her room ready and the students as they prepare for their first day.
Kevin Goes to School by Liesbet Slegers..At first Kevin is unsure of school and doesn't want his mom to leave him, but soon he makes a new friend and begins to enjoy himself.
The Wheels on the School Bus by Mary-Alice Moore...Who doesn't love The Wheels on the Bus?! The teachers get involved in this cute and unique take on the traditional song.
Off to First Grade by Louise Borden...Your child will be sure to find someone to identify with as the students in this story
deal with the excitement, nerves and feelings of anticipation that go
along with starting first grade.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn...This heartwarming book is a children's classic that helps parents and children at times of separation. Such a great read before starting school!
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg...Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She imagines the worst but in the end there is a surprise twist that makes for a delightful ending!
I Am Too Absolutely Small For School by Lauren Child...Charlie is the best big brother to Lola as he helps her realize that maybe she is ready for school after all.
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